Police identify Ind. shooting victims; killer at large
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators probing the fatal shootings of five people in rural southeastern Indiana said Tuesday that no suspects have been identified and that it appears the killer or killers were not among the dead.
“There are no suspects or persons of interest in this case at this time,” Sgt. Goodin said.
The five victims, including four from one family, were found dead Sunday at two properties near the town of Laurel, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Police rushed to the scene after a passerby found a 4-year-old girl walking along a country road.
“Right now, the only one we know who escaped the crime scene is the child,” Sgt. Goodin said at a news conference in nearby Brookville, the Franklin County seat. He would not provide any other information about the girl other than to say she was safe.
Angela Napier’s sister, Teresa Richardson, said the home where the bodies were found belonged to Roy Napier, who lived there with their adult daughter and son. She said her sister was visiting them Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Indiana couple who called 911 after they found the 4-year-old girl walking along a road said they realized at once that something wasn’t right.
The child, barefoot and wearing just a pair of cotton trousers, waved as they passed. Mr. Kesler turned around and went back to check on her.
“If you’d have seen the kid, you’d have known right off something ain’t right,” he said Tuesday.
The girl held up four fingers when asked her age. Her hair was tied in a ponytail. She kept her thumb in her mouth and stared into space as tears ran down her face, Mr. Kesler said.
“She was just a pretty little thing … and she was just scared to death,” said Mr. Kesler, a retired firefighter from Fort Wayne, Ind.
The couple stopped at a nearby house to see if the girl belonged there, but the residents said she wasn’t theirs. Mr. Kesler told his wife to call 911.
“I said, ‘I’ve got a bad feeling on this one,’” he said.
It took sheriff’s deputies about a half-hour to get to the isolated neighborhood from Brookville. Within another hour or so, dozens of officers had arrived at the scene.